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    Hello all,
    Well, I feel it might be time to get a New Digital Camera. I have been looking around, and so far, like two small, easy to use, but powerful ones. Since I will be doing a lot of plant photos with it, I thought I'd post here to see if anyone had any advice.
    I'm currently thinking about either the Nikkon CoolPix 2500 or Olympus D 520. If anyone owns these, and can tell me what their advice is, or any other pointers, that would be appreciated.
    I would especially like a camera with good macro ability, so I can get those great close ups I see people posting.
    Advice on any other brands is also welcome. I'm especially interested in Cameras that are:
    Small
    2+ megapixels
    USB (Mac compatible)


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    well,

    I have seen the Nikon Coolpix 5000, which is a 5 Megapixel camera with interchangable lenses going for as low as 300 NIB on ebay, and other online retailers... for a price any where below 500 (the camera is worth 1,000 +) there is no other option, it's received incredible reviews... I am wanting one myself...
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    this is the camera we own. it is a very good quality, light, yet very versital. it has well check out this site for the specs... read threw.. very impressive. pm me if you want more macro examples.olympus

    wanna see a macro picture that i took?? go here. these are cape sundews just sprouted. (make sure to look at the bottom for additional pictures.) a post i made here at pft.
    let us know which one you decide to go with. make sure to watch out on the internet for "gray market" products. products that look exactly the same with same names but are illegal replica's. therefore no warranty and the quallity is not what you want either. we payed 699.99 at circuit city.
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    I suggest e-bay if you want to save money. They come with a warranty and everything. The nice thing is you do not need a credit card if you do not own one.

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    ritlane,

    I recently bought a FinePix 2800zoom. It's a 2.0 MPixal with 6x optical zoom. It's got a macro mode that allows me to get within about 3.9"/10cm out to 2.6'/80cm. With the flash I can't get closer than 11.8"/30cm.

    It comes with a 16MB Smartmedia card (~25 photos at the 1280x960 Fine setting), 4 "AA" batteries, a USB cable, and software to view and transfer my pics to the PC. It is Mac compatible.

    You can also use it to take short (1 minute) videos, 4 shots as short as .5 seconds apart, or as a web cam.

    It takes good pictures in daylight but doesn't do very well in very low light/night time settings especially of things more than 6 or 7 feet away.

    Macro mode photos are nice and sharp though in low light with bright back light the auto focus can be a real bear.

    It can go through alkaline batteries pretty quick so a set or two of NiMH and a battery charger are definitely recommended.

    It is easy to use and I don't take many pictures at night, so I like it in spite of that drawback. I also got a 128 MB Smartmedia card with mine and can store up to 204 photos on it at the 1280x960 Fine setting. You can view and delete photos on the 1.8" LCD monitor.
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    sony cyber-shots are pretty good.

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    its about 4-5 inches long and 1.5 inch wide. can hold a LOT of pics if u get a memory stick of about 32mb or higher. picture quality if very good too

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    The Sonys have amazing macro capabilities. But I hate that they use the memory stick [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img]
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